Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

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After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.


You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • Dinara

    저는 안 학생이예요…

  • Francess Cruz Sanchez

    Why do you pronounce the “L” like the “r”

    • Jossy Leon

      Because “ㄹ” at the begenning of a word it’s “R” sound and at the end is “L” sound. But if next to “ㄹ” is “ㅇ” whereas is 아 이 어 오, etc. It will sound as “R”. And if next to “ㄹ” there’s another “ㄹ” it will sound as “L” too.
      For example:
      런던 – London (pronunciation: rondon)
      물이에요 – It’s water (pronunciation: murieyo)
      딸 – Daughter (pronunciation: ddal)
      칠레- Chile -the country- (pronunciation: chile)
      I hope this has helped n_n

  • Francess Cruz Sanchez

    And do you pronounce the “m” like the “b”
    and the “n” like the “d”

    • Seokjin Jin

      Well, you will get used to the pronunciations if you listen to Korean conversation more. When we pronounce ㄴ or ㅁ, there is no plosive sound.

  • Amine Laifi

    thank you for the lesson

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for studying with us. :)

  • Faith Hearon

    are 예요 and 나는/저는 similar or the same?

  • Natalie Baptiste

    Great lesson but there is a no romanization break up of the syllables hard to follow with just the sounds